51tJa+olsPL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Meghan Hyden

When people ask me to define myself, my answer is “a blogger, an avid reader, and a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections.” That’s a fancy way of saying that I cook amazing dishes and make beautiful desserts. It is a hobby of mine, one of those things that make me happy and something I do quite often. One of my favorite things to read are cookbooks, an obsession (yes, obsession) that began before I could even read–I would take my mom’s cookbooks off the shelf and hide up in my room (or behind the couch) looking at the pictures. I now read these like a novel and they are what I read when I just want to relax.

One of my favorite things to do is make sweets for the people in my life, so when I saw 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes on the list, I knew I needed it. If you want to learn how to make all kinds of delicious candy, including old fashioned ones, at home, I recommend you invest in this book. Everything you need to know is right here in these pages.

It is nicely done, filled with all kinds of information to make you a great candy maker, including step-by-step instructions for certain dishes (like fudge) which makes things a lot easier, especially if you are new to the whole candy making thing. There’s a candy glossary, an index, a list of recipes by skill level, several pages of colored photos that will make your mouth water, and each section has its own Table of Contents.

I love the way each recipe is laid out – recipe information/background, ingredients in both cup and mL measurements, instructions, skill level – and most of them have a cook’s note to give you even more help with what you’re doing.

My favorite section was about Heirloom Candies because I love old-fashioned candy. This book even includes some unusual candies, like Potato Kisses on page 103 (and a few others that have unseasoned mashed potatoes as the main ingredient). My favorite cookie is the Potato Chip Cookie, so you get the idea! And another section that I can’t wait to try recipes from is the Candied & Spiced Nuts on page 224. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

You can find Meghan (that’s Meghan spelled the right way) over on her book-ish blog The Gal in the Blue Mask. She’s an avid reader, a book editor, a story teller, a purveyor of delectable fare and pulchritudinous confections, and the best aunt in the world. She loves gardening, hiking, cooking and spending time at the zoo, library and museums. She may not be able to find her wallet, car keys or sunglasses, but she always knows where her Kindle is.

Review copy was provided by Robert Rose. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.